Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sun Printing on Paper and Fabric

I made it!! I'm retired!! Whoo Hoo!!  To celebrate it I did some sun printing on paper and fabric yesterday afternoon. As with many things, I approached it very intuitively.  I gathered together some 'masks', flat objects to place on the wet paint, which end up showing up lighter as the paint is pulled from underneath those areas to the exposed areas.

The first three photos show fabric and paper which has been been dampened, then painted with diluted Setacolor transparent paints. Next flat masks were placed on top and then the whole piece put outside to dry in the 105 degree temperature we had yesterday.  Had a lot of fun doing these and need to explore further. And I'll have time to do that now!

Notice dead grass below papers.

Crumbled up linen tablecloth above and below after it dried.

You get two fabrics for the price of one with sun painting because the back side
 is a lighter version of the front.

This and the one below are printed on paper.


  1. Great way to start your retirement!

  2. Congrats on your retirement, and love your experiments! It's been awhile since I tried sun printing - we usually have some breeze or wind here, making it a challenge to keep the objects on the fabric. But it's fun to play "what if" and not have any preconceived notions about the outcome, isn't it? Enjoy your freedom!

  3. Love your sun printing results! I've done a lot on fabric but never on paper - will have to give it a try.
    Congrats on retirement and wishing you lots of painting fun!

  4. Thanks for checking out my blog. I used the sun prints on paper as fronts of note cards. They turned out pretty cool.